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1550
English lyric poet Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford, born.
Some believe he is the real author of Shakespeare's plays.

1606

The
Union Flag is adopted as the flag of English and Scottish ships.

1633
The Inquisition begins formal interrogation of Galileo Galilei.

1861
Confederate troops fire the first shot of the Civil War against Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

1883
Photographer Imogen Cunningham born in Portland, Oregon.

1912
Blues guitarist and sing, Hound Dog Taylor born in Natchez, Mississippi.

1932
Singer Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury) born in New York.

1940
Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Herbie Hancock born in Chicago, Illinois.

1945
President Franklin Roosevelt, 63, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia.

1961

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made the first successful manned space flight.

1981

The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place - the STS-1 mission.


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